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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on Monday 28 February 2000

Here you can browse the Written Questions for answer on Monday 28 February of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 
MONDAY 28th FEBRUARY
1  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what plans he has to add genetically modified seed to the National Seed Register; and if he will make a statement.
(111779)
2  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many (a) pig units, (b) dairy units and (c) poultry units there were in Somerset in (i) 1990-91, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98, (iv) 1998-99 and (v) 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(111962)
3  
N  
Mr Paddy Ashdown (Yeovil):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many people were employed in agriculture in Somerset in each year from 1984-85 to 1999-2000; and if he will make a statement.
(111963)
4  
N  
Mr Peter Atkinson (Hexham):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many male dairy calves have been registered with BCMS, Workington in the three months following the end of the Calf Slaughter Scheme.
(111503)
5  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent discussions he has had with HM Treasury regarding schemes to compensate pig farmers for BSE-related costs.
(111720)
6  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what is the underspend in the Treasury's budget for BSE-related expenditures.
(111707)
7  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what representations were made to him in January by representatives of the pig industry regarding legal opinion on the feasibility of state aid for the pig sector under European law.
(111709)
8  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, when he last raised the issue of BSE-related costs to the pig industry with the Farm Commissioner in Brussels.
(111705)
9  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent informal discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer to discuss state aid for the UK pig industry.
(111719)
10  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent assessment he has made of the cost of BSE to the pig industry.
(111706)
11  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what discussions he had with representatives of the pig industry in January regarding schemes to compensate pig farmers for BSE-related costs.
(111708)
12  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how many times he has raised the issue of BSE-related costs to the pig industry with the Agriculture Commissioner in Brussels in the last 12 months.
(111704)
13  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what has been the estimated acreage of farmland taken out of farming in each of the last five years in the United Kingdom.
(111988)
14  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February, Official Report, column 754W, on how many occasions since May 1997 he has notified research contractors in writing that their project has been identified as being sensitive as provided for in clause 15.3 of his Departments' standard research contract, indicating the subject in each case.
(111652)
15  
N  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, if he will amend Regulation 13 of the Draft Feeding Stuffs Regulation 2000 to allow the continued use for animal husbandry in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland of cobalt, selenium, copper and other trace minerals.
(112065)
16  
  
Mr Robert Maclennan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what recent representations he has received concerning the impact of proposed Regulation 13 of the Draft Feeding Stuffs Regulations 2000 on animal husbandry in the hill and upland areas of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(112066)
17  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, how much agrimonetary compensation has been received by British farmers in the last three years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(111783)
18  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are (a) the growing season for genetically-modified herbicide tolerant winter oil seed rape in UK field trials and (b) the prohibited period for the use of the herbicide glufosinate ammonia in the UK; and on what research evidence the prohibited period for glufosinate ammonia is based.
(111353)
19  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what steps would have to be taken to lift the prohibition on winter use of glufosinate ammonia; and in what circumstances the lifting of the ban would be considered.
(111354)
20  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 289W, if the use of glufosinate ammonia and its effects on the environment is being monitored as part of the trials being undertaken on GM winter oil seed rape.
(111364)
21  
N  
Joan Ruddock (Lewisham, Deptford):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, for what reasons in the proposed draft Seeds (National Lists of Variations) Regulations 2000 consultation he proposes to abolish statutory measures relating to (a) oral representations at a public hearing, (b) the definition of persons affected, (c) rules of conduct for public hearings and (d) the requirement of fees in respect of such hearing; and replace them with ministerial discretion.
(111649)
22  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, what are his latest estimates for the price paid to farmers, in (a) pence and (b) euros per litre for milk in (i) the UK and (ii) in each of the EU member states which has a milk sector.
(111788)
23  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent evidence her office has taken into account in formulating drugs policy.
(111116)
24  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list the special advisers to the Cabinet Committee on Rural Affairs; and if she will make a statement.
(111912)
25  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is (a) the Civil Service grade and (b) the salary of each of the staff employed in the Biotechnology Presentation Unit.
(112071)
26  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if she will list (a) the date and (b) the people present at meetings members of the Biotechnology Presentation Unit have had with (a) companies with a financial interest in genetically-modified organisms, (b) special interest groups and (c) others at which a White Paper on biotechnology has been discussed.
(112073)
27  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what is the annual total running cost of the Biotechnology Presentation Unit.
(112072)
28  
N  
Sir Sydney Chapman (Chipping Barnet):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps are being taken to review clergy stipends; and if he will make a statement.
(110633)
29  
N  
Mr Simon Hughes (North Southwark and Bermondsey):    To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how many (a) full-time clergy, (b) part-time clergy, (c) non-stipendiary clergy and (d) retired clergy are currently on the books of the Church of England; and what audit is carried out of the cost benefit of funding the training and pay of each group.
(111115)
30  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the list of invitees to the Tourism Summit.
(112080)
31  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Ministers will be attending the Tourism Summit.
(112087)
32  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will publish the agenda for the Tourism Summit.
(112079)
33  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if the Tourism Summit will discuss Government funding of tourism.
(112082)
34  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the budget for his Tourism Summit.
(112086)
35  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many representatives of small business have been invited to the Tourism Summit.
(112084)
36  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where the Tourism Summit will be held.
(112081)
37  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many invitations to the Tourism Summit have been issued; and how many (a) acceptances, and (b) refusals have been returned.
(112078)
38  
N  
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what is the catering budget for the Tourism Summit.
(112085)
39  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his oral statement of 21st February, Official Report, column 1246, on what basis he concluded that the NAO (a) does not have expertise in fair trading issues and (b) is not able to undertake a politically independent scrutiny role.
(112051)
40  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he has revised his estimate that the Millennium Dome will attract 12 million visitors this year.
(112050)
41  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the mechanism he intends to deploy to review the BBC digital service; and what safeguards will be in place to prevent any compromise of the BBC's editorial independence.
(112053)
42  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 8th December, Official Report, column 537W, if he will place a copy of the standard research contract currently in use by his Department in the Library.
(111674)
43  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the Government's policy regarding admission charges for museums.
(110604)
44  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proposals he has for celebrating the start of the new millennium on 31st December 2000.
(111802)
45  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was spent by the National Lottery on each of the various sectors of activity which it supported during 1999.
(111805)
46  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 237W, on the Millennium Dome, for what reason he did not list the foods sold in relation to standards of food produced in the United Kingdom as opposed to standards required of catering and food outlets.
(112314)
47  
  
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his oral Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 1231, what was the amount of ammunition provided to each of the armed services for training purposes in (a) 1999-2000, (b) 1996-97 and (c) 1997-98.
(111787)
48  
N  
Mr Menzies Campbell (North East Fife):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the exercises in 1999 involving (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the RAF from which units or equipment were withdrawn in advance of the planned exercise, indicating in each case (i) the name of the exercise, (ii) the equipment or units withdrawn (iii) the estimated cost of to his Department had the equipment or unit taken part, (iv) the actual cost after withdrawal and (v) the reason for withdrawal; and if he will make a statement.
(111675)
49  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to enhance the participation of the Air Training Corps in the recruitment process of the Royal Air Force.
(112134)
50  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent guidance he has issued to improve the relationship between air cadet organisations and the Royal Air Force.
(112083)
51  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on how the Air Training Corps contributes to the recruitment process of the Royal Air Force.
(111875)
52  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the (a) number, (b) details of service involved, (c) length of contract and (d) location of contracts his Department has entered into with SERCO.
(111785)
53  
  
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what were the causes of the crashes of (a) RAF Tornado GR1 near Everton, Nottinghamshire, on 21st January 1999, (b) RAF Harrier GR7 over Rollins Air Force Base, Nevada on 29th January 1999, (c) RAF Harrier GR7 over RAF Laarbruck, Germany on 4th February 1999, (d) RAF Bulldog T1 over RAF Leuchars on 5th March 1999, (e) Army Lynx MK7 over Tilton Hill on 18th May 1999, (f) RN Sea King HAS 6 over SNS Reina on 12th June 1999, (g) Army Turbo Islander AL1 over Broughton on 13th June 1999, (h) RAF Harrier GR7 south of Boston on 9th July 1999, (i) RAF Hercules C130 over Kukes, Albania, on 11th July 1999, (j) Army Gazelle AH1 over Belize on 11th September 1999, (k) RAF Tornado GR1 near Kirkheaton on 14th October 1999, (l) RAF Hawk T1 over Shap on 22nd October 1999, (m) RAF Tornado F3 near Torness on 17th November 1999, (n) RAF Chinook HC2 in Oman on 25th November 1999, (o) RAF Harrier GR7 over Coldstream on 14th July 1999 and (p) RAF Jaguar GR1 over Moray Firth on 20th October 1999; what measures have been taken to prevent similar accidents in each case; what were the costs of each crash in terms of (i) equipment and (ii) lives; and if he will make a statement.
(111710)
54  
  
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of value for money in relation to the requirement of (a) the Boeing C17 and (b) the Antonov 124.
(111930)
55  
N  
Mr Robert Key (Salisbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish the seventh annual edition of the compendium of current staff targets and staff requirements.
(111969)
56  
N  
Mr Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 17th February, Official Report, column 648W, on Bloody Sunday, what efforts his Department is making to recover the 10 rifles which were used on Bloody Sunday and were identified as having been sold to private companies.
(111712)
57  
  
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the outcome was of the British Army (Germany) Property Management Market Test.
(112047)
58  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review the Air Force's low flying training programme.
(112304)
59  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if Scottish students studying at English universities will be eligible for (a) access fund bursaries and (b) the hardship fund.
(112121)
60  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list (a) the total enrolments and (b) the full-time equivalent enrolments in further education in England in each year since 1992.
(112118)
61  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on the (a) adequacy and (b) sufficiency of further education funding in the East Midlands.
(112116)
62  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, when he will issue revised guidance to HEFCE and higher education institutions on the use of the access and hardship fund.
(112119)
63  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Wirral South of 25th January, Official Report, column 151W, if he will tabulate the annual cost component element of his package for access funds and hardship loans.
(112124)
64  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will publish in tabular form mandatory tuition charges and contributions falling on students for (a) English students studying in England, (b) English students studying in Scotland and (c) Scottish students studying in England; and what is the net present cost of such charges on a standardised basis.
(112122)
65  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what arrangements he will put in place for monitoring, standardising and accounting for payments of access fund bursaries for (a) mature and (b) young students.
(112120)
66  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will make a statement on (a) the extra demand for and (b) the extra provision of supported employment places in each year since 1997 and projected forward to 2003.
(112117)
67  
  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what percentage of people had access to government-funded childcare (a) in rural areas and (b) in urban areas, (i) in the most recent year for which figures are available and (ii) five years ago.
(111976)
68  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what were the reasons behind the decision to supply plaques to schools which receive improvement grants under the New Deal for Schools.
(111498)
69  
N  
Mr Colin Breed (South East Cornwall):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what are the projected costs of supplying plaques to schools which receive improvement grants under the New Deal for Schools.
(111499)
70  
  
Mr Desmond Browne (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he intends to amend section 2(5) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 to entitle an employee in Scotland to arrears of remuneration or damages for breach of the principle of equal pay for a period of six years.
(111929)
71  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many civil servants are members of the New Local Government Network consultancy group on new models of local education; and on how many occasions they have attended meetings of the group.
(112010)
72  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what staff, material and other support has been extended by his Department to the New Local Government Network consultancy group (a) in the course of its research project on new models of local education and (b) otherwise.
(112009)
73  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the councillors who are members of the New Local Government Network research project on new models of local education.
(112007)
74  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, on what basis his Department is participating in the New Local Government Network consultancy group on new models of local education.
(112008)
75  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of his Department's participation in the New Local Government Network's consultancy group on new models of local education.
(112011)
76  
  
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many meetings of the New Local Government Network consultancy group on new models of local education have been held in his Department.
(112006)
77  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what measures he has taken to support children with dyslexia in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(111979)
78  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will assess the impact on Newcastle's schools of a further delegation from the local education authority to schools of responsibility for specials needs services combined with a cut of £140,000 in LEA support for such services.
(112127)
79  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, which local education authorities in Tyne and Wear had sums withheld from the extra £50 million grant for education; and on what basis those sums were withheld.
(112101)
80  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will assess the impact on schools and school children in Newcastle of the delegation of financial responsibility for paid school meals to schools combined with the removal of local education authority subsidy for such meals.
(112133)
81  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how much each local education authority in Tyne and Wear received from the extra £50 million grant for education; and what was the basis of the apportionment to each local education authority.
(112100)
82  
  
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will replace food technology with home economics in the National Curriculum.
(111951)
83  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) males aged under 25 years, (b) females aged under 25 years, (c) males aged over 25 and, (d) females aged over 25, in (i) Inverclyde, (ii) Renfrewshire and (iii) Scotland as a whole have participated in the New Deal; of these how many entered full-time employment afterwards; and if he will make a statement.
(111501)
84  
N  
Dr Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will estimate the number of businesses in (a) Inverclyde, (b) Renfrewshire and (c) Scotland which have participated in the New Deal; and if he will make a statement.
(111502)
85  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many secondary age pupils are without a school place in each year group in each London borough; what assistance his Department provides to find places for these children; and if he will make a statement.
(111984)
86  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the key stage four results for 16 year olds in English, maths and science for each year since 1992 (a) for Shropshire and (b) nationally; and if he will make a statement.
(111915)
87  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many classes of 30 and over for five to seven year olds were recorded for schools in Shrewsbury and Atcham (a) in May 1997 and (b) at the latest available date; and if he will make a statement.
(111916)
88  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will review the requirement under the New Deal programme whereby a JSA claimant who stops claiming JSA to work on a temporary contract with a employer has, on completing the contract to wait a further six months before becoming eligible for training.
(112089)
89  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what was the cost of (a) reprinting the recent poster on literacy and numeracy and (b) additional postage.
(111952)
90  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many awards have been made of the education maintenance allowance in the 15 pilot areas in England so far; and what is the cost of these awards (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the budgeted amount.
(111714)
91  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, what is the estimated cost of extending the education maintenance allowance to the whole of England (a) if everyone eligible applied and (b) if take-up was the same as in the pilot areas.
(111715)
92  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) consultation documents, (b) regulations, (c) revised or corrected regulations, (d) guidance notes, (e) requests for statistical information in additon to form 618G and (f) letters from ministers, have been sent to local education authorities by his Department since May 1997.
(111671)
93  
N  
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate and Knaresborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many (a) consultation documents, (b) regulations, (c) revised or corrected regulations, (d) guidance notes, (e) requests for statistical information in additon to form 7 and (f) letters from ministers have been sent to schools by his Department since May 1997.
(111672)
94  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many child pedestrians were (a) killed and (b) injured by motor vehicles in the City of Leeds in each year since 1990.
(112045)
95  
N  
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will estimate the cost of resurfacing the M25 between junctions 8 and 10 in porous asphalt.
(111815)
96  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's policy on the handling of radioactive waste from nuclear power stations in developing countries; and what account he has taken of the environmental and health impact of radioactive waste in formulating his position on the eligibility of nuclear power projects for inclusion in the Clean Development Mechanism.
(112075)
97  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the Government's policy on the design of the Clean Development Mechanism being developed under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, with particular reference to the inclusion of nuclear power and large hydro projects in the Mechanism.
(112074)
98  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what concessionary fare schemes for public transport are available to blind people.
(111974)
99  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with education ministers with respect to inequalities in the levels of funding per pupil between different local education authorities across the country; and if he will make a statement.
(111971)
100  
  
Mr Vernon Coaker (Gedling):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the payment of disability living allowance to blind people and the disabled on entitlement to local authority concessionary fare schemes.
(111975)
101  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the level of heavy goods transport on the roads.
(112319)
102  
  
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe and Nantwich):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list (a) the number, (b) the length of contracts, (c) the details of the service involved and (d) the location of contracts entered into by his Department with SERCO.
(111784)
103  
  
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the revenue derived from parking by each London borough in the last full year for which figures are available.
(112002)
104  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, when he expects the Government to sign up to the OECD agreement on The Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
(111991)
105  
  
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what commitments the Government has made to implement the terms of the agreement on The Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
(111992)
106  
  
Mr Alan Hurst (Braintree):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans he has to extend the jurisdiction of the Local Government Ombudsman to consider complaints against parish councils; and if he will make a statement.
(112023)
107  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what consultations he intends to hold, and with which interested parties, on the consultants report into the viability of Eurostar Services north of London.
(111808)
108  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the usefulness of the compulsory annual local consultation meetings between local authorities and business rates payers regarding national non-domestic rates.
(111793)
109  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will abolish the requirement on local authorities to hold annual local consultation meetings with business rates payers.
(111794)
110  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent assessment he has made of the economic status of the West Sussex coastal strip.
(112088)
111  
N  
Mr Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, on what grounds the West Sussex coastal strip is no longer to be accorded priority status for special economic support.
(112252)
112  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what progress has been made in resolving the outstanding claims for compensation relating to the compulsory purchase of land at Pymmes Park as part of the A406 widening at Edmonton; what parts of the claim by the local authority have been accepted in principle by the Highways Agency; what issues remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement.
(111981)
113  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, which public bodies have specific powers covering the control of animals with mange.
(112014)
114  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, who has responsibility for the control of urban fox populations; and what powers local authorities have in this area.
(112013)
115  
  
Mr Stephen McCabe (Birmingham, Hall Green):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what assessment he has made of the compatibility between the condition of carriage arrangements employed by Virgin Trains in respect of loss or damage resulting from delays, and the customer service requirements placed on Virgin Trains under their franchise or by the Rail Regulator; and if he will ask the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to examine this matter.
(112016)
116  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what are the increases in (a) cash and (b) real terms in the uniform business rate income (i) from and (ii) that is given to (1) each local authority in England and (2) in England as a whole for the years (x) 1997-98 to 1998-99, (y) 1998-99 to 1999-2000 and (z) 1999-2000 to 2000-01.
(111926)
117  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what is the estimated council tax increase for each local authority in England in 2000-01.
(111925)
118  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 710W, what percentage of the compost used in his Department's estate gardens is peat; when use of peat compost will be phased out on his Department's estates; and if he will make a statement.
(111950)
119  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, how many houses have been improved in Shrewsbury and Atcham from funding released from capital receipts in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(111914)
120  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make a statement on the progress of his Department's research into the involvement of drugs in road traffic accidents with particular reference to (a) road traffic accident and (b) road traffic accidents involving pedestrians.
(112077)
121  
  
Mr Ian Pearson (Dudley South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 712W, if he will provide a full list of the organisations which have made representations to him calling for (a) the repeal and (b) the retention of section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988.
(111931)
122  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans his Department has for the transfer of the London Research Centre to the Greater London Authority.
(111993)
123  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will list the local authorities designated or part designated for (a) Objective 1 and (b) Objective 2 status, indicating how each of them ranks on the Index of Local Deprivation.
(111791)
124  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will institute regular consultations between his Department, local authorities and business rates payers regarding national non-domestic rates.
(111795)
125  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will make it his policy to introduce a Marine Conservation Bill to promote the sustainable conservation of marine habitats and species.
(111923)
126  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will implement the recommendations in the Friends of the Earth report on the Erica oil spill relating to transportation of maritime cargoes.
(111922)
127  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will review Government policies on the transportation of maritime cargoes to take account of the Erica oil spill of 12th December; and if he will make a statement.
(111921)
128  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if he will discuss with other EU member states changes to strengthen MARPOL regulations by including stricter regulations for older vessels, and regulation of flags of convenience; and if he will make a statement.
(111924)
129  
  
Mr Simon Thomas (Ceredigion):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, if his oral statement of 22nd February, Official Report, column 1373-76, relating to the installation of train protection warning systems applies to all freight rolling stock.
(112040)
130  
  
Mr Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what plans the Government has to introduce neighbourhood forums in place of parish and town councils.
(111956)
131  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the correlation between the cost of extra custom officers and the extra duty paid to the Treasury on account of the consequent diminution in smuggling.
(112054)
132  
  
Mr Tony Colman (Putney):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the volume of trade with the European Union by firms in London and the South East.
(111957)
133  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of residents of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne (a) in total and (b) in the age range (i) 0 to 4, (ii) 4 to 14 and (iii) 14 to 24 years in each year since 1990; and if he will estimate the numbers in each age range for (1) 2000, (2) 2001, (3) 2002 and (4) 2006.
(112307)
134  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the honourable Member for the Vale of Clwyd, Official Report, columns 610-12W, on household incomes, if he will list the factors underlying the increase in household income in the north between 1997 to 1998 and 1998 to 1999; and if he will also estimate for the North East region the figures given for the years quoted in his Answer.
(112308)
135  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 16th February to the honourable Member for the Vale of Clwyd, Official Report, column 612W, on consumer debt, if he will publish regional estimates of consumer debt.
(112311)
136  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the income from the vehicle excise duty levy in 1999.
(111977)
137  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans the Government has to support a multilateral deal on debt at this year's G8 summit in Okinawa.
(111960)
138  
  
Julia Drown (South Swindon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on changing the level of the debt-to-export ratio within the Highley Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
(111959)
139  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what factors are taken into account by the Inland Revenue in determining whether an overseas stock market should qualify as eligible for inclusion in personal portfolio bonds.
(112313)
140  
  
Mr Howard Flight (Arundel and South Downs):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the Inland Revenue designated Indonesia as not being a suitable market in which to invest directly.
(112312)
141  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list in respect of the re-sale to the producers by HM Customs and Excise of branded goods, seized as contraband, the average percentage of retail value achieved for each type of branded item.
(112041)
142  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 6th December 1999, Official Report column 300W, what was the (a) number and (b) total value of research contracts let by his Department since May 1997.
(111650)
143  
  
Mr Jimmy Hood (Clydesdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the outcome of the ECOFIN Council held in Brussels on 28th February; and if he will make a statement.
(111885)
144  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, using the assumptions underpinning the calculations made in the 1996 Budget, if he will calculate the (a) direct taxes and (b) indirect taxes paid by the average family in the UK as a result of (i) the 1997 Budget, (ii) the 1998 Budget and (c) the 1999 Budget.
(111927)
145  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the maximum sum which can be awarded by the Banking Ombudsman in favour of the complainant.
(111801)
146  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what has been the average settlement awarded by the Banking Ombudsman in favour of the complainant.
(111800)
147  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of complaints received by the Banking Ombudsman have been resolved in favour of complainants.
(111799)
148  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what resources were made available to the Banking Ombudsman and the FSA for each of the last five years for (a) qualified staff, (b) administrative staff and (c) clerical staff.
(111871)
149  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how long it has taken on average for the Banking Ombudsman to determine a complaint.
(111798)
150  
  
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what is the backlog of cases waiting to be dealt with by the Banking Ombudsman.
(111797)
151  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 447W, concerning imports from Israeli settlements in occupied territories, whether the documents referred to in the Answer declared products imported to the United Kingdom in violation of Article 38 and the provisions of the Protocol on Rules of Origin of the EC Trade Agreement with Israel to have originated in Israel.
(111874)
152  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what post-import verification procedures Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has initiated with Israel's customs service for products imported from Israel following indications that the products in question may have been wholly obtained or significantly processed in territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including in Israeli settlements.
(111883)
153  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has conducted of imports to the UK during the past three years of wines produced in wineries located in (a) the Golan Heights and (b) the Israeli West Bank settlement of Barkan; and what its findings have been concerning imports under preferences during that period.
(111882)
154  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has made of its ability to establish the origin of products that may have been produced in territories occupied by Israel since 1967 if Israel's customs misapply the origin rule protocol and the territorial clause in its agreements.
(111884)
155  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Answer of 14th February, Official Report, column 447W, what the information was concerning products processed in Israeli settlements in occupied territories which may have been imported into the UK in violation of Article 38 and the provisions of the Protocol on Rules of Origin of the EC Trade Agreement with Israel; and if Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has identified (a) importations to the UK under preferences of dates from the Israeli exporters in question and (b) the UK importers and consignees.
(111881)
156  
  
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what investigations Her Majesty's Customs and Excise has conducted and what information it has obtained concerning carpets imported to the UK under preferences from a manufacturing firm in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Barkan, or carrying the name or trademark of such a firm.
(111879)
157  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the total revenue which the Treasury received in each of the last five years from the agricultural sector of the economy; and how much of this arose from taxation on fuel.
(111789)
158  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much tax per litre of diesel, used for agricultural purposes, was charged in each of the member states of the EU, including all duties and sales taxes in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(111790)
159  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from (a) Commonwealth and (b) other governments concerning the UK's policy on the eligibility of nuclear power projects under the rules for the Clean Development Mechanism.
(112169)
160  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what is his policy with regard to nuclear power projects as eligible projects in the Clean Development Mechanism, currently developed under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
(112168)
161  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's definition of clean development.
(112171)
162  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place outside the remit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change between his Department and the governments of developing countries relating to the design of the Clean Development Mechanism.
(112170)
163  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the differences in the activities of a British Council office and a Foreign and Commonwealth Office mission abroad.
(112005)
164  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Chevening scholarship programme for (a) young Chinese officials and (b) others.
(112012)
165  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about the role of the UK/China Forum in creating closer links between the UK and China.
(112015)
166  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the joint OSCE/UN fact finding mission will visit the Gali region of Georgia; and if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's efforts to resolve the issue of Abkhazia.
(112128)
167  
  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list his Department's programme and that of its Agencies to implement the proposals set out in paragraph 44 of his report on the OSCE Istanbul summit relating to police activities and training.
(112130)
168  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what views he has expressed to the Turkish Government regarding its refusal to allow members of the European Parliament to visit Mrs Layla Zana in prison; and if he will make a statement.
(111986)
169  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role Britain is playing in international efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the surrounding states, with particular reference to Rwanda and Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(111782)
170  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when was the last occasion representations were made to him regarding the Matabeleland massacres in the early 1980s.
(112132)
171  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the support given by the Kosovo Liberation Army to Albanian protestors in Mitrovica on 21st February.
(112111)
172  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress that the European Union has made in its economic and infrastructure efforts in Kosovo.
(112094)
173  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress that has been achieved in the civil implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 in Kosovo.
(112091)
174  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the contributions made by (a) Her Majesty's Government and (b) the European Union to the manning and resources of UNMIK.
(112905)
175  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list his official engagements during his recent visit to Moscow; and what planned engagements were (a) changed and (b) cancelled.
(111966)
176  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress that UNMIK has made in (a) the establishment and consolidation of its authority, (b) the creation of interim UNMIK-managed structures, (c) setting up the administration of social services and utilities and (d) the consolidation of the rule of law in Kosovo.
(112093)
177  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when was the last occasion he made representations to the Zimbabwean government about the Matabeleland massacres in the early 1980s.
(112131)
178  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason a manuscript amendment was made to the extract from the Official Report of 9th February, column 184W, attached to his Answer of 17th February (ref. 110577) to the honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham, on arms exports to Zimbabwe.
(111964)
179  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the security situation in (a) Prizren, (b) Pec and (c) Gnjilane; and if he will make a statement.
(112112)
180  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement concerning recent Serbian protests in Kosovska Mitrovica at KFOR troop activity.
(112102)
181  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from Hungary concerning ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina.
(112107)
182  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the numbers of child soldiers in Sudan; what assessment he has made of the number of other countries in Africa where child soldiers are being used in significant numbers; and what steps the Government is taking to alleviate this problem.
(112324)
183  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations have been made to him by the United Nations requesting troops for the Sierra Leone peacekeeping operation.
(112326)
184  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many international police officers have been deployed to Kosovska Mitrovica.
(112103)
185  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the policing requirement for (a) Pristina, (b) Kosovska Mitrovica and (c) Kosovo.
(112109)
186  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British troops were involved in activity in Kosovska Mitrovica between 15th and 22nd February.
(112106)
187  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the support given by the Government of President Milosevic to Serbian protestors in Kosovska Mitrovica.
(112110)
188  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress made in establishing and overseeing the development of the first stage of provisional democratic self-governing institutions in Kosovo.
(112092)
189  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Albania.
(112108)
190  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the second report of the Secretary-General pursuant to Security Council resolution 12780 (1999) on the United Nations missions in Sierra Leone, in particular the report's assessment of the United Nations' ability to maintain a major military presence in Sierra Leone.
(112325)
191  
N  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the South African government concerning the visit to South Africa by the Sierra Leonean rebel leader, Foday Sankoh.
(111965)
192  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many police from the United Kingdom have been deployed, and how many have been pledged to be deployed, to (a) Kosovo, (b) Pristina and (c) Kosovska Mitrovica.
(112104)
193  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about funding for the British Council in Africa.
(112327)
194  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department was informed of the mass protests by ethnic Kosovo Albanians which began on 21st February in Kosovska Mitrovica.
(112105)
195  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress made in the re-establishment of an independent, impartial and multi-ethnic judiciary in Kosovo.
(112096)
196  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the situation in Sierra Leone; and if he will make a statement.
(111982)
197  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the state of human rights in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(111983)
198  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress made by European Union in its economic and infrastructure reconstruction efforts in Kosovo.
(112059)
199  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what asssessment he has made of progress in establishing and overseeing the development of the first stage provisional democratic self-governing institutions in Kosovo.
(112060)
200  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress made by UNMIK in setting up the administration of social services, utilities and the consolidation of the rule of law in Kosovo.
(112058)
201  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress that has been achieved in the civil implementation of the UNSCR 1244 in Kosovo.
(112303)
202  
N  
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress made by UNMIK in the establishment and consolidation of its authority and the creation of interim UNMIK-managed structures in Kosovo.
(112061)
203  
  
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance the Government is giving to those countries affected by the cyanide contamination of the Danube.
(111972)
204  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received concerning disputes between Turkey and neighbouring states over water resources.
(112097)
205  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list the planned official visits to Britain from non-EU countries in the next two months.
(112129)
206  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will list overseas visits to non-EU destinations planned by Ministers in the next two months.
(112126)
207  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action his Department has taken following the publication of the report of the Committee on Toxicity, Mutagenicity and Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment on CS spray, published in September of last year, particularly with regard to those being treated with neuroleptic drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(111804)
208  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been made available to the consortium on opportunities for volunteering in the last two years; and if the third year's funding has been approved.
(112315)
209  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to require dentists to notify patients of charges for all items of treatment.
(112318)
210  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to encourage competition amongst dentists.
(112321)
211  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on links between fluoride in drinking water and irritable bowl syndrome.
(112320)
212  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce a recognised scale of fees for all dental treatment.
(112317)
213  
N  
Mr Hilton Dawson (Lancaster and Wyre):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the results of the Office of National Statistics Omnibus Survey for April 1998 relating to the physical punishment of children.
(111500)
214  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish the results of the scientific review of fluoride and health comissioned from York University.
(112099)
215  
  
Mr Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on fluoride in (a) food, (b) soft drinks, (c) milk and (d) dental hygiene products.
(112098)
216  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it a requirement that the NHS should provide for women who have had a radical hysterectomy following cervical cancer, the opportunity to have eggs frozen with a view to surrogate birth at a later stage.
(112062)
217  
N  
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on (a) the items on the agenda for discussions when members of the Social Services Inspectorate recently met Councillor Doreen Pollit and other representatives of Lancashire County Council, (b) the main points discussed, and (c) conclusions reached; and if those attending from Lancashire were instructed not to issue public comment on any or all of the items discussed.
(111973)
218  
  
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what is the estimated total cost to the NHS of the changeover to the national logo, broken down by estimated cost per (a) health authority, (b) health trust, (c) regional organisation and (d) other NHS body; and what is the longest timescale envisaged for the completion of the exercise.
(111870)
219  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what performance indicators and targets he has set for NHS Direct for 1999-2000.
(112018)
220  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what budget for NHS Direct was originally set by his Department; and what the expected out-turn is for the financial years 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
(112017)
221  
  
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes he plans to make to the breast cancer screening service in Greater London; and if he will make a statement.
(111980)
222  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list for each year from 1992 the (a) total funding and (b) percentage increase in funding for Shropshire Health Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(111917)
223  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the UK suffering from (a) retinitis pigmentosa and (b) Usher syndrome.
(111994)
224  
  
Ms Linda Perham (Ilford North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to improve health education and preventative programmes for older people at risk of osteoporosis.
(111995)
225  
  
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood and Ongar):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many beds there will be at the proposed new hospital at Old Church; and what is the current number of beds in the present hospital at Old Church.
(111953)
226  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received concerning the Centre for Policy on Ageing report, Fit for the Future, on standards for care homes; and if he will make a statement.
(111781)
227  
  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reform the system for the adoption of children; and if he will make a statement.
(111780)
228  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if nursing care funded by the Government for those in long-term care will be restricted to that given by trained nurses.
(112004)
229  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he intends to adopt the definition of nursing care set out in the Report of the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care.
(112003)
230  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long-Term Care; and if he will make a statement.
(111999)
231  
  
Mr Ian Stewart (Eccles):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have died following a routine vaccination in each year since 1990.
(111958)
232  
  
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what annual budget will be available to the Human Genetics Commission.
(111961)
233  
N  
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the application of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999 to the Prison Service.
(112123)
234  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times in each (a) women's and (b) men's prison a prisoner has been strip-searched after a visit by an honourable Member since 1st January.
(111968)
235  
  
Mrs Helen Brinton (Peterborough):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will suspend the use of CS spray on people known to be in mental distress until research into the effects of CS on people using neuroleptic drugs has been carried out.
(111803)
236  
  
Mr Peter Brooke (Cities of London and Westminster):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bodies recovered from the Thames by the Metropolitan Police in the last five years have been incapable of identification.
(111987)
237  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the recent announcement by the President of the United States of America of the decision to place gamma hydroxy butyrate in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act; and if he will make a statement.
(111873)
238  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to reclassify gamma hydroxy butyrate as a drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
(111876)
239  
  
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the honourable Member for Cotswold will receive a definitive reply from the Immigration and Nationality Department to his letters of 2nd August 1999, 2nd September 1999 and 9th October 1999, in the case of Mr. Resal Cerikan and leave to remain in the UK (IND Ref: Cl000625 (S) (C449744)).
(111792)
240  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what surveys he undertook in 1999 in prisons in England and Wales to check the efficacy of the suicide awareness programmes.
(111978)
241  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which prisons in England and Wales run a sex offenders treatment programme; and what was the number of prisoners attending such a programme on 15th February.
(112019)
242  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the financial budget allocated to each London prison in each of the last five years.
(111938)
243  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisons in England and Wales have a foreign national liaison officer available to work with prison inmates.
(111936)
244  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if a questionnaire is issued to all prison inmates before they are discharged from prisons in England and Wales.
(111939)
245  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who has the responsibility for the provision of foreign-language newspapers or books for non-English speaking prison inmates held in prisons in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(111985)
246  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals were being held in prisons in England and Wales on 1st February.
(111937)
247  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the prison induction booklets that are in a foreign language in prisons in England and Wales; and what those languages are.
(111935)
248  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women prison officers were working in segregation units of prison in England and Wales on 1st February.
(111934)
249  
  
Tom Cox (Tooting):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what are the rules followed by prisons in England and Wales as to how often an inmate should be allowed to shower; and if he will make a statement.
(111933)
250  
N  
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to encourage people to install smoke detectors in their homes.
(112316)
251  
  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer of 10th February, Official Report, column 259W, on the Hillsborough inquiry, (a) when the material is to be loaned to the designated library and (b) to which library it is to be loaned.
(111718)
252  
  
Mrs Llin Golding (Newcastle-under-Lyme):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many secure remands to local authority accommodation were made since 1st June 1999 in relation to (a) children aged 12 to 14 years, broken down by age, gender and ethnicity, (b) females aged 15 to 16 years, broken down by age and ethnicity and (c) males aged 15 to 16 years declared vulnerable, broken down by age and ethnicity.
(112000)
253  
  
Mr Nick Hawkins (Surrey Heath):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what grounds he authorised the early release of Christopher Snelling, the murderer of Police Sergeant Robertson; and if he will make a statement.
(111786)
254  
  
Mr Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government makes use of relocation companies when relocating civil servants.
(112063)
255  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what uses (a) Parentline and (b) the National Family and Parenting Institute have put grant given to them from public funds since publication of the consultation document, Supporting Families; and if he will make a statement.
(111806)
256  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will state in respect of each of the last five years (a) the number of asylum decisions taken broken down by the nationality of claimants and (b) the number of claimants of each nationality who were (i) accepted as refugees, (ii) refused refugee status and (iii) granted exceptional leave to remain.
(111886)
257  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers left the United Kingdom in each of the last five years (a) voluntarily, (b) through administrative removal, (c) through deportation and (d) following enforcement action; and if he will make a statement.
(111888)
258  
N  
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list for each of the last five years the number of asylum claims in the United Kingdom broken down by the nationality of the claimant.
(111887)
259  
  
Sir Nicholas Lyell (North East Bedfordshire):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will reply to the letter from the Right honourable Member for North East Bedfordshire concerning the asylum application concerning Mr Arif and Mrs Susan Tuysuz originally lodged in 1994.
(111717)
260  
N  
Ms Sandra Osborne (Ayr):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to use Adamton House at Prestwick for accommodation for asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement.
(111989)
261  
  
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people are awaiting deportation following rejection of their application for asylum.
(111954)
262  
N  
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence between himself and the Committee on Standards in Public Life relating to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill since the first reading of the Bill.
(111919)
263  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what is the policy of the Metropolitan Police Service with regard to the (a) reviewing of applications, (b) re-interviewing of applicants and (c) employment of applicants for recruitment in cases where applications have been declined after an interview.
(111813)
264  
N  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recruits to the Metropolitan Police Service have been employed notwithstanding the fact that their applications were initially declined after an interview in each of the years (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 to date.
(111814)
265  
  
Miss Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone and The Weald):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the honourable Member for Elmet of 9th February, Official Report, column 172W, if he will publish a breakdown of the figure of 12,478 police recruits on a (a) force by force and (b) year by year basis.
(111872)
266  
  
Mr Dafydd Wigley (Caernarfon):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason Dylan Wyn Roberts, Prisoner No. CB. 8719 at Preston Prison, was held for several weeks in his cell for 23 hours per day; if he is still being so held; if this is standard treatment for Category C prisoners; and what aspects of the situation at Preston Prison make such treatment necessary.
(111716)
267  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the honourable Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, when the Commission met in the last 12 months; when it next will meet; and if he will publish the minutes of the Commission's meetings.
(112024)
268  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the Government's policy on contributing funds to nuclear power projects in developing countries; what Government funds have recently been made available to such projects and in respect of which projects; what plans she has for funding such projects in the future; and what recent discussions she has had with international development organisations, the World Bank and the IMF concerning the funding of nuclear power projects in developing countries.
(112070)
269  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what is the Government's budget for the current financial year for AIDS and HIV measures in Africa.
(112323)
270  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of British (a) bilateral and (b) multi-lateral aid was allocated to states in (i) Africa, (ii) Asia, (iii) Latin America and (iv) Europe in (1) 1996, (2) 1997, (3) 1998 and (4) 1999; and what is her estimate of the equivalent figure in 2000.
(112114)
271  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to alleviate the suffering of those people in the Congo who are under immediate threat of severe hunger.
(112322)
272  
  
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will list the aid projects being carried out jointly with Zimbabwe, listing the amount of British aid in each case.
(112115)
273  
N  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on measures to eradicate violence against women, with particular reference to the practice of female genital mutilation in developing countries.
(111295)
274  
N  
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley):    To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which girls' and women's health projects supported by her Department have included education on female genital mutilation in the years 1997, 1998 and 1999; which non-governmental organisations have carried out those projects and in which countries; and what was the total amount of funding for these projects in each of the years 1997, 1998 and 1999.
(111294)
275  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what studies he has commissioned into the costs and benefits of establishing family courts in England and Wales.
(111891)
276  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what recent representations he has received in favour of establishing family courts in England and Wales.
(111890)
277  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what plans he has to establish family courts in England and Wales.
(111889)
278  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how many resident parents have disobeyed court orders for contact by non-resident parents with children; and what penalties were imposed for disobedience in the latest year for which statistics are available.
(111918)
279  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what percentage of the recommendations made by family court officers have been accepted by the courts in each of the last three years.
(112310)
280  
  
Mr Richard Livsey (Brecon and Radnorshire):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, if the comprehensive induction programme for family court officers includes modules on how to apportion specific periods of parental access in cases of divorce or separation.
(112309)
281  
  
Mr Tony McWalter (Hemel Hempstead):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what proportion of trials involved a change in the judge presiding in each of the last 10 years.
(111990)
282  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what assessment is made of judges' competence in interpretation of new legislation.
(112027)
283  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what procedures are in place for the continuous assessment of judges.
(112026)
284  
  
Angela Smith (Basildon):    To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, what monitoring the Lord Chancellor's Department undertakes of the training of judges.
(112025)
285  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many complaints have been lodged to date by serving RUC officers against a serving police officer whose name has been supplied to him.
(112038)
286  
  
Mr Roy Beggs (East Antrim):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will discuss with the Chief Constable the appointment of an experienced senior officer from a police force other than the Royal Ulster Constabulary to investigate complaints made against a serving police officer whose name has been supplied to him.
(112039)
287  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 10th January, Official Report, column 32W, if he will place a copy of the standard research contract in use by his Department in the Library.
(111673)
288  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many terrorist prisoners have successfully applied for early release under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998; and of those how many are still in prison.
(111877)
289  
  
Mr Andrew MacKay (Bracknell):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many prisoners have been released under the terms of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998; and what is their perceived paramilitary affiliation.
(111878)
290  
  
The Reverend Martin Smyth (Belfast South):    To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who authorised the removal of the Union flag from the headquarters of (a) the Department of Education and (b) the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
(112064)
291  
  
Mr James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington):    To ask the President of the Council, pursuant to her oral statement to the House of 20th January, Official Report, cols 975-7, if she will report on the immediate impact of the millennium bug on central Government departments and agencies.
(111880)
292  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the marginal costs which result from the employment of Labour party staff in No 10 Downing Street are met from public funds.
(112056)
293  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list for each residence currently made available to ministers the sum spent in 1999 on (a) council tax, (b) rent, (c) repairs and maintenance and (d) redecoration.
(112049)
294  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list those staff paid for by the Labour Party who are working in No 10 Downing Street, indicating their function in each case.
(112055)
295  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the residences made available to ministers in the course of their duties, indicating in each case the location of the residence, the council tax banding and the Minister to whom each residence is allocated.
(112048)
296  
N  
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):    To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the total staff costs for No. 10 Downing Street in (a) 1996-97, (b) 1997-98, (c) 1998-99 and (d) 1999-2000.
(112076)
297  
  
Mr Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):    To ask the Prime Minister, on what occasions, and at what venues, during November and December 1999 his Defence and Foreign Affairs Adviser, Mr Liddle, made speeches at seminars in (a) the UK and (b) other European countries.
(112001)
298  
N  
Mr Tim Yeo (South Suffolk):    To ask the Prime Minister, if the cost of the Countryside Reception held at No. 10 Downing Street on 2nd February was borne from public funds.
(112069)
299  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, pursuant to his oral statement of 21st February, Official Report, column 1249, if he will list the oversights of regulatory bodies conducted by the NAO which have considered fair trading issues.
(112052)
300  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent (a) advice he has received and (b) representations he has made in respect of the impact of abolishing poindings and warrant sales on the Government's ability to recover unpaid tax or VAT.
(112043)
301  
N  
Mr Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield):    To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what European Union legislation prevents the Scottish Executive from funding Scottish students at universities in England in the manner proposed by the Executive that funding should be provided for such students at Scottish universities; and what recent advice he has received and from whom, on this matter.
(112042)
302  
N  
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the amount of (a) fraud and (b) error committed by officials from his Department or its agencies in connection with (i) jobseeker's allowance and (ii) income support in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(111711)
303  
N  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how much better off than in the previous year, on average (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples on income support aged (i) under 75, (ii) 75 to 79 and (iii) 80 years or over were in (1) April 1998, (2) April 1999, (3) April 2000 and (4) April 1997, (X) in cash terms, (Y) in real terms and (Z) relative to average earnings, taking into account winter fuel payments and the reduction in VAT on fuel.
(111810)
304  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what was the combined value of child dependency addition and child benefit for the child of a widowed mother (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a percentage of average earnings, in (i) November 1979 and (ii) April 1997; and what is his estimate of the equivalent figure in April 2000.
(111809)
305  
  
Paul Flynn (Newport West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what estimate he has made of the income of the poorest pensioners in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2000-01.
(111811)
306  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 552-3W, what conditions have been placed on the publication of research findings under the premise of clause 12.2 of his standard research contract; what was the subject of each such case; and what were the reasons for the conditions being imposed.
(111702)
307  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what progress his Department has made towards the procurement of new information and communication technology for the Child Support Agency.
(111776)
308  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will publish a code of practice for use by the Child Support Agency of deduction from earnings orders for the enforcement of payment of child support arrears.
(111778)
309  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, what will be the process for checking the accuracy of arrears statements at the time when existing child support cases are transferred to the new system for child support.
(111777)
310  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many staff were working in the office of the Independent Tribunal Service at Sutton on 4th January.
(110756)
311  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many faxes were received by the Independent Tribunal Service at Sutton, Surrey over the Christmas and New Year period; and on what dates each was processed.
(110757)
312  
N  
Mr Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if the Independent Tribunal Service at Sutton, Surrey (a) collected and (b) had delivered its incoming recorded delivery mail on 4th January.
(110758)
313  
  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his Answer of 21st February, Official Report, column 787, what percentage of compost used in his Department's estate gardens is peat; when peat compost will be phased out by his Department's estates; and if he will make a statement.
(111932)
314  
N  
Mr Paul Marsden (Shrewsbury and Atcham):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will list by decile the (a) total average income per week and (b) percentage change in that in each year since 1979, for pensioners, (i) in Shropshire and (ii) nationally; and if he will make a statement.
(111913)
315  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the potential for increased British exports under the Clean Development Mechanism of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
(112067)
316  
  
Mr Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent representations he or officials of his Department have received from representatives of the British or foreign nuclear industry concerning the eligibility of nuclear power projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.
(112068)
317  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning estimates of the impact of the minimum wage in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(112020)
318  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning anti-drugs policies for schools and further education colleges; and if he will make a statement.
(112021)
319  
  
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what consultations he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Social Security regarding the administrative costs of stakeholder pensions to small businesses with more than five employees.
(111807)
320  
  
Mr Peter L. Pike (Burnley):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what changes were made in the draft map of authorities designated for Objective 2 status, including internal ward changes, prior to publication of the final map; and how such changes were made.
(111920)
321  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if ECGD support has been (a) discussed, (b) requested and (c) granted for any projects of the South East Anatolia Development Project in Turkey other than the Ilisu Dam.
(112329)
322  
  
Mr Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what analysis he has undertaken of the comparative risks, costs and benefits of alternatives to the Ilisu Dam, including (a) energy conservation, (b) other renewable sources, (c) fossil fuels, and (d) nuclear power.
(112125)
323  
N  
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West and Abingdon):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, pursuant to his Answer of 1st February, Official Report, column 538W, for what reasons he has not placed a copy of the standard contract for research services in the Library.
(111651)
324  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning the future of sub post offices in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(111796)
325  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list for (a) each local authority in Wales and (b) Wales as a whole the amount of revenue that will be raised from the uniform business rate in (1) 1990-2000 and (2) 2000-01.
(112306)
326  
  
Mr David Maclean (Penrith and The Border):    To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list the number of businesses in Wales that, as a result of the rates of revaluation which will take effect in April 2000, will (a) have an increase in their rateable value, (b) have a decrease in their rateable value and (c) will have no change in their rateable value.
(112305)
327  
  
Mr Jim Murphy (Eastwood):    To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps are being taken to ensure that major United Kingdom and international sporting events hosted in the United Kingdom benefit all the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.
[Question Unstarred] (110605)
328  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the status of the Charter of Pardon 1508.
[Transferred] (110927)
329  
N  
Mr Andrew George (St Ives):    To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the applicability of the powers contained within the Charter of Pardon 1508.
[Transferred] (110928)
330  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will reclassify gamma hydroxy butyrate as a drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] ((111721))
331  
  
Mr Ben Chapman (Wirral South):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of recent moves in the US to place gamma hydroxy butyrate under the Controlled Substances Act; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (111722)
332  
N  
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):    To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement about his priorities for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.
[Transferred] (111955)
333  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many regulations have been made in respect of housing benefit in (a) the past 12 months and (b) since the benefit was introduced.
[Transferred] (111997)
334  
  
Mr Christopher Gill (Ludlow):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, how many circulars have been issued in respect of housing benefit in (a) the past 12 months and (b) since the benefit was introduced.
[Transferred] (111998)
335  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will estimate the total number of people living below the poverty line in (a) the Leeds Central parliamentary constituency and (b) the City of Leeds in each year since 1990.
[Transferred] (112044)
336  
  
Mr Hilary Benn (Leeds Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, if he will state, for (a) 1970, (b) 1980, (c) 1990 and (d) the latest year for which information in available, at 1999-2000 prices, the percentage of people aged 65 years and over whose annual incomes were (i) £4,000 and below, (ii) £4,001 to £6,000, (iii) £6,001 to £8,000, (iv) £8,001 to £10,000, (v) £10,001 to £15,000, (vi) £15,001 to £20,000 and (vii) over £20,000.
[Transferred] (112046)
337  
N  
Mr Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many children of school age resident in Newcastle are educated in (a) independent schools and (b) local education authority maintained schools outside Newcastle; and how many children from outside Newcastle are educated in schools maintained by Newcastle local education authorities.
[Transferred] (112135)
338  
  
Mr Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):    To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, if he will list the proposed annual university (a) fees and (b) repayable grants for tuition at universities in each part of the United Kingdom for students who are (i) UK citizens, (ii) other EU citizens, (iii) Commonwealth citizens, (iv) Irish and (v) other, (A) educated and (B) resident in the previous four years in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Ireland, (4) other European Countries, (5) Commonwealth countries and (6) other places.
[Transferred] (111996)
339  
  
Mr Alasdair Morgan (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance with childcare expenses he will give to parents in receipt of working families tax credit who do not have access to registered childminders in their locality.
[Transferred] (112090)
340  
N  
Norman Baker (Lewes):    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the profit levels of high street banks.
[Transferred] (112057)
341  
  
Mr Barry Jones (Alyn and Deeside):    To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary concerning the Strategic Rail Authority and its potential impact upon Wales; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (112022)
342  
N  
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):    To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the value of arms exports from the UK to Indonesia in (a) 1996, (b) 1997, (c) 1998 and (d) 1999.
[Transferred] (112328)


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